My Red, White, and Blue Journey to the MN Beef Office
Greetings! I am Brooke Roberts, a Wisconsin girl who is thrilled to be spending her summer in Minnesota serving as the Minnesota Beef Summer Intern! The red, white and blue buzz surrounding Memorial Day had me thinking that I could introduce myself and share my journey to the MN Beef office this summer in red, white and blue also!
WI → MN
Red: Growing up in northeast Wisconsin, I (unfortunately) wore a lot of red. I attended Badger games, cheered at Camp Randall, and found many of my friends deciding to commit to a lifetime of red by attending school in Wisconsin. However, red was never my color and I wanted a new adventure and challenge. I eventually found my home away from home at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I will be a junior this fall studying agriculture communications and marketing with an animal science minor. Since the beginning of my college career, I have made fantastic industry connections and found many opportunities – like this internship – to pursue my passion for the livestock industry! I look forward to diving deeper into Minnesota’s beef industry this summer and learning from the fantastic leaders within the Minnesota Beef Council and Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
FINDING MY PASSION – AND PURSUING IT
White: My family raises Hereford cattle and club lambs, and I spent the vast majority of my summers – and more than a few of my school days – in and out of the show ring. Showing livestock teaches life lessons, and I am a firm believer that this occurs when the going gets tough and the work gets hard. Anyone who has exhibited Herefords or white cattle of any sort knows and respects the endless battle of keeping their white hair clean and stain-free. It’s been those hours of scrubbing white heads and legs, the late nights and early mornings in the barn, the family road trips and more that have built my love and passion for the livestock industry and its products – including my favorite, the tenderloin steak (although the good ole cheeseburger is a close second).
FAMILY – THE ROOTS THAT SUPPORT YOU AS YOU GROW
Blue: Blue jeans are a constant for me now – but they haven’t always been. Believe it or not, there was a point in my life many years ago when I would cry if my parents told me to wear jeans. I have always enjoyed playing sports and running, but at a young age I found jeans incredibly inconvenient for any sort of games or activities. However, my parents convinced me that there were some benefits to wearing jeans and I warmed up to the idea. Looking back, my dad jokes that he wishes I still preferred sweatpants whenever he sees the amount of jeans I now own! But in all actuality, I am extremely thankful for my parents who have taught me the value of hard work and initiated my love of livestock and the agricultural lifestyle. Their love and support, as well as their decision to raise three daughters on a farm has led me to pursue a career in the livestock industry and learning experiences like this summer with Minnesota Beef.
I look forward to the opportunities this summer presents for me to get to know Minnesota’s cattlemen and beef industry leaders. I also hope that this Memorial Day, all of you can take a moment to step back and appreciate the significance of the red, white and blue in your life and be thankful for those who serve this great country we live in. Also, be sure to enjoy a steak or hamburger with family and friends!